15 Matt Bouldin
Phoenix, Arizona - Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008
Gonzaga vs. Georgia Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA. (AP Photos)
No. 17 Gonzaga 85, Cal St. Northridge 59
High School: Attended ThunderRidge High where he was named the Colorado State Player of the Year as a junior and senior for coach Joe Ortiz...averaged 25.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 4.8 assists/game as a senior, ThunderRidge going 19-6 overall and being eliminated in Colorado State 5A round of 16...played most of the season with a sore ankle after rolling it early in the year...junior year averaged 15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.0 assists as Grizzlies went 24-4 and finished second in State 5A Tournament for second straight year...sophomore season averaged 9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 6.0 assists, again losing in State 5A title game...team captured title his freshman year...one scouting service ranked him the 10th best shooting guard in the country and the 45th best overall, and another service rated him the top shooting guard in the West and ninth in the nation.
SOPHOMORE (2007-08): Invited to participate in the USA Men's Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials in Dallas and was selected for the team which competed in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia...played all nine games as U.S. went 8-1, losing Gold Medal game to host Serbia 74-69...had best game in opener in 118-56 win over Mali, scoring 13 points for his only double-digit game, going 5-for-10 from the field, 1-for-4 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from free throw line...also grabbed 5 rebounds and had a pair of assists...came back next game with 5 points in 103-77 win over China, his trey at 4:10 breaking an 11-11 tie and the U.S. never trailed the rest of the way...scored 8 points against host Serbia in first meeting between the teams, Bouldin's bucket with less than a minute to play expanding a 3-point USA lead to 80-75 as he grabbed a missed shot and converted the rebound...went 3-for-6 from the field, 1-for-3 from 3-point range and 1-for-1 from the line in 21 minutes...went 9-for-16 from the field over the first two games of the season, and was just 2-for-10 from 3-point range five games into the season...broke out of his 3-point slump against Virginia Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout, going 7-for-10 from the field including 6-of-8 from long range for a then season-high 20 points...had 18 points in Great Alaska Shootout opener against Western Kentucky, going 6-for-11 from the field...scored 16 points at Saint Joseph's in 70-65 overtime win, hitting a trey with 1:51 to play to give Gonzaga 59-57 lead in regulation, then hit two free throws with 1:19 to play in OT to break a 61-61 tie to finish 7-for-7 from the line...helped Gonzaga complete East Coast swing by scoring 19 points against Connecticut in Boston Garden in The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase, 17 coming in the second half after an 0-for-3 first half from the field...had worst shooting night of his career at home against sixth-ranked Washington State, going 0-for-9 from the field and failing to score for the first time in 26 games dating back to 2007...came back with 18 points against Cal State Northridge on 7-for-13 night from the field...sat out home game with Northern Colorado with pulled quad and sprained ankle suffered in practice a day earlier...returned next game against Oklahoma, playing 26 minutes but still limited with injury...matched career high with 21 points against No. 11 Tennessee at Battle In Seattle, scored career high 26 against Utah in next game and finished three-game streak with 21 against Georgia in the Spokane Arena...went 22-for-40 from field in that stretch, including 12-for-23 from 3-point range...scored in double-digits in seven straight games beginning with Tennessee...went through a 28-for-74 (37.8 percent) slump from field over nine-game stretch late in season and scored in double figures just 4-of-9 games, but came up big in home rematch with Saint Mary's with league lead on line last weekend of regular season...went 7-for-13 from the field, 4-for-5 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the line for 21 points in 88-76 win over SMC, which came into the game tied for WCC lead with GU at 11-1...went 5-for-7 from field in first half, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, to score 14 of his 21 points in the opening half...scored 14 points in regular-season finale against Santa Clara, going 5-for-9 from field, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range...finished season ranked 10th in WCC in scoring (12.6 ppg), 13th in field goal percentage (139-for-301, 46.2 percent), 6th in free throw percentage (79-for-103, 76.7 percent), 9th in assists (2.91/game), 11th in steals (1.38/game), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (46-for-126, 36.53 percent) and 11th in 3-point field goals made (1.44/game)...named to All-WCC team...scored 8 points in WCC Tournament semifinals against Santa Clara, including a big steal and layin with 5:30 to play to give Gonzaga 49-44 lead, the last GU field goal in game Bulldogs would win 52-48...went just 6-for-16 from field (37.5 percent) in tourney, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range...for the first time this season - and for the first time in 36 games dating back to last season - failed to grab a rebound against SCU and had just 1 in title game against host San Diego...averaged 7.0 ppg, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in WCC tourney...scored 8 points in NCAA Tournament first round against Davidson, going 4-for-8 from the field, grabbing 5 rebounds, handing out 4 assists and grabbing 3 steals.
JUNIOR (2008-09): After averaging 10.0 ppg through the first four games of the season, broke loose for 17 points as Gonzaga downed 12th-ranked Tennessee to win the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., as he went 4-for-9 from the field including 3-for-4 from 3-point range...grabbed career-high 8 rebounds against Oklahoma State in Old Spice Classic opener...Tennessee outing started a 5-game stretch where he went 22-for-41 from the field for 53.7 percent, including 8-for-15 from 3-point range for 53.3 percent...didn't get an assist in season opener, then had 15 over the next four games with 4 three times...scored then-season-high 18 points against Portland State...stole pass and had shot from left side of lane that bounced off the backboard and rim with :05 to play in 66-65 New Year's Eve loss at Utah...matched his career high with season-high 26 points in 89-79 win at No. 15/25 Tennessee...went 11-for-20 from field...also had 4 rebounds and then season-high 5 assists against the Vols...came back with 14 points, season-high 6 assists and a steal against Portland, going 5-for-10 from the field...named WCC Player of the Week for his Tennessee/Portland effort that had him average 20.0 ppg, shooting 16-for-30 from the field for 53.3 percent and average 5.5 assists/game...continued his hot streak against Santa Clara, scoring 16 points on 6-for-9 from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range...also had 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 rebounds...scored 12 points against San Francisco on 5-for-10 night from field...named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for January...averaged 16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 assists/game and had a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio as Gonzaga went 8-0 for month, including a 7-0 WCC start...shot 52.5 percent from the field (42-for-80) and 44.1 percent from 3-point range (15-for-34)... had career-high 10 assists at Pepperdine and 14 points for first career points/assists double-double...had 17 points and 4 rebounds win 69-62 win over Saint Mary's in showdown of WCC undefeated teams...matched career high with 26 points at Portland, going 8-for-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the line...also had 8 assists and 3 steals...became 31st player in Gonzaga history to score 1,000 points when he got layin with 15:34 to go in first half at Saint Mary's 2/12/09...has 1,169 career points to rank 21st ...had season-low 4 points at home against Loyola Marymount, going just 1-for-2 from field, but came back for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists against Pepperdine...scored 23 points at Santa Clara, going 13-for-15 from free throw line including hitting seven free throws in final 1:55...gave way to Andrew Sorenson for Senior Night start against USC Upstate...came off bench for team-high 16 points, going 6-for-9 from field including 2-for-3 from 3-point range...named All-West Coast Conference First Team for second straight year and a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 9 first-team pick...scored 11 points against Santa Clara in WCC Tournament semifinal and 14 against Saint Mary's in title game...had 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 turnovers against SCU, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and no turnovers against SMC...went 9-for-18 from field, 6-for-11 from 3-point range for 54.5 percent, averaged 12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.0 assists and 7.0 assist/turnover ratio in earning WCC All-Tournament honors...scored 12 points against Akron and 20 against Western Kentucky in first two NCAA Tournament games, then held to 7 points against North Carolina in Sweet 16 on 3-for-10 night from field that included 0-for-5 from 3-points range...averaged team-high 35.0 minutes/game in NCAA Tournament, 13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.38 assist/turnover ratio in NCAA Tournament...8 rebounds against Akron in NCAA First Round tied career high.
SENIOR (2009-10): Named to John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year Pre-Season Top 50 watch list.
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